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Research Design Service London
Support request form

Please note:

If you are wishing to apply for the HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF), please ensure that you select the Funding Stream ‘Other’ and state in the ‘Documentation/About your study’ section that you will be applying for the PCAF.

To request free individual advice from our RDS London advisors on your funding application, please complete the form below (* starred fields are compulsory).

You may find it helpful to look at our online guidance and resources for designing research studies and applying for funding. If you are unsure, please check whether RDS can help: RDS London can provide free design and methodological review to applied health or social care researchers who are developing research funding applications to NIHR and other open, national, peer-reviewed funding programmes. 

We will usually not be able to provide individual support if researchers contact us less than four weeks before submission, as our experts are unlikely to be able to offer any meaningful support in this time frame, especially because we may be already facilitating many other applications for that grant round. If it is less than four weeks until the deadline, please consider attending one of our drop-in sessions for on-the-spot advice, instead of completing this form.

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Main applicant’s contact details
Contact name *
Job title
Telephone number *
E-mail *
Role in project
Principal investigator’s contact details
Principal investigator name
Job title
Telephone number *
E-mail *
Co-applicant details
Study details
Working title of the study
Funding body (if known)
Funding stream/programme
Targeted submission date *

Funders submission deadline *

Has this application (or similar application) previously been submitted to a funding body?
If resubmission, outline reasons for failure
Is this an outline or a full application?
Documentation / about your study
Please provide a brief description of the study, including aims, why there is a need for this study, and methods. If your project is at an early stage, please just outline your ideas

Please upload a draft proposal, protocol, funding application form or feedback you have received below.

*NOTE: Due to restrictions placed in some organisations, some documents may not upload to our system. If this happens, your local RDS administrator will be in contact as soon as possible.

Document 1Draft application 
Document 2 
Document 3 
Document 4 
Document 5 
Support Requested
Our ‘How can we help?’, FAQ and RDS London charter pages outline the support we can offer. If you have already been funded and require additional research advice, please contact your local R&D department:[LINK]


  • Building an appropriate research team


Please provide details of additional support required
Final Items
I have read and understood the RDS London Charter*
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